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Running deer at Bucklebury Farm Park.

Running deer at Bucklebury Farm Park.


Bucklebury Farm's Deer Park was established in 1992 with a Red Deer herd and has steadily grown to a population of around 150, with one main stag and a mix of hinds, other stags and young calves. The parkland setting provides an good view of the deer in their natural habitat.


As well as the Red Deer Bucklebury Farm Park have Fallow, (as seen here) Sika and Axis deer.


The deer park is accessed by a free tractor and trailer ride. Each trip takes around fifteen minutes and there is usually a chance to feed the tamer members of the deer herd. Trailer rides may not be available in wet ground conditions.


The species of Fallow deer, as seen in this pictyure is very variable in colour but the common form has a brown coat with white mottles that are most pronounced in summer with a much darker coat in the winter.


The Fallow Deer was spread across central Europe by the Romans. Until recently it was thought that the Normans introduced them to Great Britain and to Ireland for hunting in the royal forests. However recent finds at Fishbourne Roman Palace (44 miles to the south of here) show that Fallow Deer were introduced into southern England in the 1st century AD. It is not known whether these escaped to form a feral colony, or whether they died out and were reintroduced by the Normans.


Fallow deer are now widespread on the UK mainland and are present in most of England and Wales below a line drawn from the Wash to the Mersey. There have been long standing populations in the New Forest and the Forest of Dean and many of the other populations originated from park escapees. They are not quite so widespread in the northern parts of England but are present in most lowland areas and also in parts of Scotland, principally in the Tay valley and around Loch Lomond. According to the British Deer Society distribution survey 2007 they have enjoyed an increase in range since the previous survey in 2000 although the increase in range is not as spectacular as for some of the other deer species.


One disadvantage of these increased numbers is that they are becoming a hazard to drivers on rural roads as they can suddenly run in front of cars.

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Taken on August 1, 2010